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What the papers say

Daily Telegraph

Mussolini had a series of secret escape tunnels built under his palace in Rome, which were big enough for cars.

The 70 members of the Goshute Native American tribe in Utah will earn £20M over the next 40 years after agreeing to allow the construction of a nuclear waste dump in its Skull Valley.

The Times

Kangaroo stomach bacteria may be used to fight global warming by helping to cut the methane produced by flatulent sheep and cattle, said the Queensland agency for food and fibre sciences in Australia.

A £68M, 120km fence is under construction in Israel in an attempt to thwart Palestinian suicide attacks. The fence will seal most of the country from the West Bank.

Some parts of the fence will be heavy concrete up to 3m tall.

Conservationists from Glasgow University claimed this week that Loch Lomond's traditional ecology is being forever changed by a North American pond weed.

A £100M office scheme opposite London's Victoria station was unveiled this week by property company Grosvenor.

Strategic Rail Authority chairman Richard Bowker last week condemned 50% fare hikes, to be imposed on passengers by rail companies from next week.

London could soon be home to one of the world's largest aquariums. Backing for the £60M scheme comes from Richard Attenborough, Ken Livingstone and London Zoo.

The Guardian

Airport developer Marshall Group has applied for planning permission to develop a new terminal at Cambridge airport amid fierce protest from residents.

Financial Times

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office this week warned that government departments need to look more carefully at associated risks of privately financed infrastructure projects.

The Independent

A nine storey block of flats collapsed in St Petersburg this week. A crack appeared in an upper flat an hour before the structure failed, allowing all but one of its inhabitants to escape.

The Zeyzoun dam in Syria collapsed this week causing heavy casualties and widespread damage north of the city of Hama.

A freak low tide uncovered the lost port of Findhorn in the Moray Firth, eastern Scotland.

The once prosperous port was engulfed by silt and flooded by river 300 years ago.

The Scotsman

A highland rail station closed by Beeching and which has featured in the BBC series Monarch of the Glen was reopened last week.

The Observer

Virgin boss Richard Branson warned this week that Britain's rail network needs an extra immediate investment of £15bn to prevent gridlock on the network within eight years.

Broomhill station and 7.2km of line was resurrected by the Strathspey Railway Company in a £460,000 project.

Evening Standard

London Mayor Ken Livingstone last week gave the go ahead for a £500M tram scheme for the capital.

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